A Book of Little Traditions
General Principles of shintô Life 07 / 17 / 2014
The three principles of gratefulness, harmony, and service that are generally espoused by jinja shintô.
Gratefulness (Modern Version) By being grateful for the blessings of the kami and the favor of the ancestors, and by devoting ourselves to ritual activities with sincerity, brightness, and a pure heart.
Gratefulness (1956 Version issued by the jinja honcho) Let us be grateful for kami's grace and ancestors' benevolence, and with bright and pure "makoto" (sincerity or true heart) perform religious services.
Gratefulness (1950 Version issued by the jinja honcho) To be grateful for the blessings of the kami and the benefits of the ancestors; and to be diligent in the observance of the shintô rites, applying oneself to them with sincerity, brightness, and a pure heart.
Harmony (Modern Version) By embracing the merciful mind of kami, by leading a harmonious life, and by praying for the prosperity of the nation as well as the peaceful coexistence and prosperity of the entire world.
Harmony (1956 Version issued by the jinja honcho) Let us work for people and the world, and serve as representatives of the kami to make the society firm and sound.
Harmony (1950 Version issued by the jinja honcho) To be helpful to others and in the world at large through deeds of service without thought of rewards, and in the realization of ourselves as divine messengers to endeavor to improve and advance the world.
Service (Modern Version) By serving the world and other people, and by building and reinforcing the world in the service of kami.
Service (1956 Version issued by the jinja honcho) In accordance with the Emperor's will, let us be harmonious and peaceful, and pray for the nation's development as well as the world's coexistence and co-prosperity.
Service (1950 Version issued by the jinja honcho) To bind oneself with others in harmonious acknowledgment of the will of the Emperor, praying that the country may flourish and that other peoples may also live in peace and prosperity.